Houston Lamar senior safety John Bonney verbally committed to the Longhorns Thursday night, giving Texas 24 pledges in its 2014 recruiting class.
Bonney is No. 25 in the Statesman’s Fabulous 55, and is rated by 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 15 safety in the country. The 6-foot-0, 182-pound defensive back chose UT over Baylor, Stanford, Oklahoma and a host of other major programs across the country.
The commitment brings Texas’ 2014 class up to No. 7 in the nation, according to 247Sports. Bonney is the third – and highest rated – defensive back to pledge to the Longhorns, joining South Grand Prairie’s Jason Hall and New Orleans (LA) St. Augustine’s Jermaine Roberts.
In an in-state class full of highly touted defensive backs, the Longhorns finally have one of the elite. There are 12 Texan DBs considered four-star prospects by 247Sports’ composite rankings; Bonney becomes the first of the group to pledge to Texas. The Horns remain in pursuit of Tony Brown (No. 1 in the Fab 55), Jamal Adams (No. 3) and Nick Watkins (No. 27).
As a junior in 2012, Bonney registered three interceptions during Houston Lamar’s run to the 5A state title game. He is expected to play a major role again as a senior for a Redskins team ranked sixth in the latest 5A Associated Press poll.
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